• January 21 - 25       HOMEWORK ROOM ON TUESDAY 

     Hope everyone enjoys the 3 day weekend and stays safe in the snow.   The pencil bandit seems to be striking in our classroom - pencils are disappearing at an alarming rate!   If you happen to have any spare pencils at home, please send them in with your student.  Thank you so much!

     O.K.  This week:

    SPELLING - yes, we will be having a list this week

    READING - Students are continuing to read their novels.  They are either reading How to Eat Fried Worms, The Borrowers, Holes or Indian in the Cupboard.  Each students are reading they are filling in pages of their packets.  We can't wait to show you how we display this great information about each book!

    MATH - We are still studying fractions. This past week we looked at making equivalent fractions.  Next week, comparing fractions.

    SOCIAL STUDIES - Students were introduced to Henry Hudson and Samuel deChamplain this past week and their influence in our state's history.  We are continuing this time period as well as NY's early settlers.

     Since early December I have been reading aloud to our class the book Wonder.  As we have been reading, it has given us the opportunity to discuss how to be kind.  There are 2 quotes I keep sharing with the students.

                              "If you have to choose between being right and being kind, choose kind."

          "If you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone, somewhere, someday may recognize in you

    the face of God."                       Just trying to inspire some random acts of kindness :) 


    January 14 - 18       HOMEWORK ROOM MONDAY & TUESDAY

     We are slowly getting back into a "normal" routine.  With this bitter cold weather students are wearing their SMS sweathshirts.  It would be very helpful if the student's name or initials could be put on the label.  Sweathshirts are getting mixed up and/or left in the classroom.  If you think you are missing any articles of clothing, the lost and found is at the bottom of the stairs by first grade :)

     As for this week...

    READING - Students have begun their new novels.  We do have a work in progress project we are doing with this reading.   

    SPELLING - Normal list and assignments this week.

    ENGLISH - We were able to complete some study about verbs.  This week we will add information about adverbs.

    MATH - Equivalent fractions was our study topic last week.  We will be covering this a bit more this week.

    SOCIAL STUDIES - Early New York is still our topic.

    RELIGION - We are looking more closely into the first 3 commandments this week.  


    January 7 - 11

     My apologies for submitting this so late on Sunday evening.  As you hopefully know, no school on Monday the 7th due to Ms.Aoisi's funeral.  Once classes resume, I'm hoping we will be getting back to something of a normal routine.  Here is what I'm hoping to get to or at least start this week:

    READING - I'm going to divide the students into literature circles.  Each group will be reading a different grade level novel.  Be sure to ask your child what book they are reading! 

    SPELLING - I'm thinking we will be having a list this week.

    WRITING - I'm hoping to do a 'how to' writing about snowmen.

    MATH - We will be starting our unit on fractions.

    RELIGION - The 10 Commandments will be our next unit of study.

    SOCIAL STUIDIES - Europeans coming to New York - Henry Hudson, New Netherland and New Amsterdam is what chapter 4 is about.   


    January 2-4

     Well we are back!  Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable break.  Just a reminder this Friday, the 4th is 11:30 dismissal.

     ELA - We are going to be doing some non fiction reading, trying to gleam main idea and supporting details.

     MATH - We will be doing some review of multiplication, multi digit, and division.

    SOCIAL STUDIES - We will be working on maps of New York state that show geographic regions as well as major cities and early Native American settlements. 

    RELIGION - We will be talking about Christmas as well as the Ephiphany (Feast of the 3 Kings). 


    December 21st

     I just wanted to say a very sincere thank you for all the generous gifts.  Your kindness is deeply appreciated.  I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.  I'll see you in the new year!


    December 17 - 21  HOMEWORK ROOM ONLY MONDAY

    Phew!  How the time is flying!!  Hard to believe this Friday is our Advent Retreat (don't forget 11:30 dismissal).

      Friendly reminder...Christmas Concert is this Tuesday at 6:30 (that is why no homework room on Tuesday)

     Students are beginning to run low or have completely lost their glue sticks, scissors, markers, pencils, etc.  These items make great stocking stuffers!

     Here is what we are going to try and accomplish this week:

    RELIGION - Students will be quizzed on the Jesse Tree material we have been covering all month.  A study guide packet came home on Friday (the 14th).  Quiz will be on Thursday.

    SOCIAL STUDIES - 50 states map quiz on Wednesday - one more time!  If students achieved a 100% on it, they do not have to do it again.

    MATH - We are still studying long division. We will still be studying this when we return from Christmas break in January.

    READING/WRITING/SPELLING - We are having a spelling list this week.  We have completed 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'.  We watched the movie version on Friday.  The students enjoyed seeing what the Herdmans looked like.  We will be doing some projects and writings this week related to the book as well as to Christmas.


    December 10 - 14  HOMEWORK ROOM TUESDAY

    It was wonderful seeing everyone at conferences.  As a teacher, it feels great to know that we are working as a team to do our best for each child.  Thank you for your support.  

    As for this week:

    READING/SPELLING/WRITING - We are finishing up the chapter book 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'.  The students seem to be really enjoying the story.  End of this week/beginning of next we will work on some end of story "projects".          WE WILL BE HAVING A SPELLING LIST THIS WEEK.

    MATH - We are starting long division. 

    RELIGION - We are still remembering the true meaning of Advent as well as the wonderful stories that make up the Jessse Tree.

    SOCIAL STUDIES - Students will be given another chance with the 50 states map this Wednesday. 



    With the beginning of Advent on Sunday, our days are becoming filled with excitement.  We have studies we will be completing along with prayer, reflections, and a few projects.

    **This Friday, the 7th, 11:00 dismissal for parent teacher conferences.**

    READING/WRITING/SPELLING - This week we are starting the short chapter book "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever".  Our spelling lists will incorporate words from this book.  We will also be doing a few fun, in class projects.

    Students are busy at work typing up their first narrative stories.  We hope to have them completed before break so copies can be sent home for your enjoyment!

    MATH - We have been discussing the math vocabulary terms factors, prime number, composite number and multiples.  Knowing and understading these will lead us into the world of division which will be our next unit of study.

    RELIGION - Prayer and reflection on the season of Advent as well as  study of the Jesse Tree is what we will be using our religion time for this and in the following weeks.

     One last announcement..students are working on each earning 10 Class DoJo points by Thursday so we can have a board game day next Friday.  They are off to a pretty good start!



    As I finish the last of my Thanksgiving leftovers, I begin to think about our upcoming week.  Hoping everyone is feeling rested and recharged.  

    2 quick announcements/updates:  1.  Reminder parent teacher conferences have been rescheduled for next Friday, the 7th.  Dismissal will be at 11:00 with conferences beginning at 11:30.    2. I added a video tab to our 4th grade website.  Please check out our Thanksgiving song.  The students worked really hard on this!

    As for what we will be working on this week:

    READING/WRITING/SPELLING - We will be enjoying a mystery in our textbooks this week, 'The Case of the Gasping Garbage'.  This will lead us into a narrative/mystery writing.  We will be having spelling this week.

    MATH - We are finishing up our 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication.  From here we will be covering communtative, distributive and associative properties of multiplication as well as the aspects of prime/composite (all aspects of multiplication).

    RELIGION - An extra credit option will be coming home on Monday.  Directions and when it is due is on the sheet.

     Our studies will be on the Jesse Tree as this goes along with Advent which starts next Sunday, the 2nd.




    November 19 and 20           NO HOMEWORK ROOM THIS WEEK

    Hope everyone enjoyed the snow day and stayed safe.  In case you missed it, parent teacher conferences are rescheduled for Friday, December 7th.  If you can not make your time, please contact me and we will set up a new time.  

    As for our 2 days this week, we will be trying a to accomplish a few things, some of them turkey themed.

    We will be doing DEAR time at least one day so please have your student bring in a flashlight for DEAR time in the dark.

    Just a reminder that the Thanksgiving Prayer Service and luncheon is at 11:30 on Tuesday. Grades 3-5 are responsible for the entertainment this year.  Our class will be singing the Leon Bridges song, "Thankful for Friends at Thanksgiving".   

    If I don't see you this week, I wish you and your family a very blessed Thanksgiving.  Good times, good food, God's blessings on you and yours.


    November 12 - 16        NO  HOMEWORK  ROOM  THIS  WEEK  OR  NEXT  WEEK

     I want to start out by saying I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. I also wanted to send out a huge thank you to the many veterans both with connections to our class and beyond.  Thank you for your service and sacrifices.

    With the day off on Monday and 11:00 dismissal on Friday for parent teacher conferences that leaves us 3 days of regular classes.  We are going to try our best to get some things accomplished.

    RELIGION - students are completing their brief saint biographies.  I hope to have them up by Friday.

    SPELLING - no list this week or next week 

    READING - we finally got to read the Encyclopedia Brown story from our readers.  Students wrote some great mystery/adventure stories.  It was great fun listening to our budding authors.  This week we will be delving into some Scholastic News magazines which will give us practice as text detectives with non-fiction.

        FLASHLIGHT FRIDAY DEAR TIME this Friday - send in those flashlights!

    MATH - we will be reading some Dyna Math magazines which gives us the opportunity to practice a variety of topics. 


    November 5 - 9

    Phew!  What a week last week was.  We were certainly action packed with lots of fun activities sprinkled in.  Hopefully your student shared with you some of the fun we had.

    This past week students delved into the world of chrome books and i ready.  Most students have completed the initial diagnostics and have begun their individual lessons.  Students have their individual username and password in the back of their student planner if you'd like to sneak a peek at this fantastic online site.

    As for this week:

    READING - We did not get to the Encyclopedia Brown story last week so we will be enjoying it this week.  I'm also hoping to get to some adventure writing this week too.

    MATH - We are still studying 2 digit x 2 digit multiplication.  We are also going to be studying multiplication multi step word problems.

    RELIGION - We are getting ready to introduce and study the 7 sacraments.

    SOCIAL STUDIES - Early New Yorkers is our next unit of study.  


    October 29 - November 2

     This week had its ups and downs.  The students are participating in Class DoJo.  On Wednesday afternoon I set a class goal... each student needs to achieve 10 points by Tuesday at 2:30.  If each students achieves this I promised them a reward.

    Monday and Tuesday look to be "normal" days.  Wednesday is Halloween.  The costume parade starts at 1:15.  After the parade and pictures students are permitted to leave with an adult who signs them out at the front office.

    Thursday is All Saints Day.  There will be an all school mass at 9:00.  All are welcome to join us.

    Friday is a half day.  Dismissal is at 11:30.  Please make appropriate dismissal plans.

    As for what we are going to try and accomplish this week:

    SPELLING - We will have a list this week.  Assignments will be adjusted.

    READING/WRITING - First quarter book reports are almost finished.  Students will be presenting them this week.  We will hopefully, also, be reading a story from our readers entitled 'Encyclopedia Brown'.  This will lead us to our first narrative writing.   

    RELIGION - We are coming to the end of our practice of praying the rosary.  Students will be bringing home their rosary lap books this week.

    MATH - Our next step is 2 digit x 2 digit multiplication (they way you learned it :)  

      Lastly, with Friday being a half day I'm planning a fun STEM catapult activity as well as some DEAR time.  I'm asking if each student could please bring in a flashlight to help enhance our DEAR time.   Thank you so much for your support!


    October 22 - 26

     The students did a great job with the testing last week.  They really perservered like champs!  We are back to our regular schedule this week with the exception of picture day on Friday.

     There will be homework room on Monday and Tuesday.

    As for our classes:

    ELA/Spelling/Reading - Students are finishing up their book reports.  Most students read a book by Andrew Clements.  A few read books by Beverly Cleary.  As these books are finished I'll be sure to post pictures of their finished projects.   There will be a regular spelling list this week.   We are also delving into a few Scholastic News magazines to practice a variety of informational text skills.     If time permits we will also be doing a formal study of nouns.

    Math - We are continuing our mad minutes.  We are taking our study of multiplication a step farther...two digit by two digit multiplication is where we will be this week.  

    Religion - Studying the rosary is what we are studying.  At least once a week we pray one decade of the rosary.  Last week we made lap books that included all the prayers as well as the mysteries of the rosary.

    Social Studies - We are coming to the end of chapter 2.  On Monday students will answer chapter review questions.  These can be used to study for the quiz that will be held on Wednesday.




    October 15 - 19

     We have a few more days of IOWA testing this week.  The students are really participating like champs.  I am very proud of their hard work and concentration.  

    Here is what we are working on this week:

    SPELLING - regular list and homework this week

    READING - students are continuing to read their book report books. Students are filling out index cards with each story's most important details which focus on main idea, main characters setting, problem and resolution.

    MATH - we are continuing to focus on multi digit times one digit multiplication.



     October 8 - 12

    Hope everyone is enjoying the 4 day weekend.  This week we begin our IOWA testing.  Everyday, in the morning, students will participate in 45 - 90 minutes of testing.  The best way to prepare is to get a good night's sleep and enjoy breakfast.  It would also be helpful if students had a few sharpened #2 pencils and a book to read with them in case they finish early.


    A quick note from Ms.Moran, our favorite art teacher...students need to bring in a family picture this week. Pictures should be brought in a ziploc bag clearly labeled with the student's name and grade so photos can be returned.

    One last reminder, Scholastic book orders are due on the 10th.

    ELA - we will be having spelling this week.  Also this week we will begin our first quarter book report.  Students will choose a book from a selection of books I will provide.  Reading will be done in class as well as the writing of the report.

    MATH - we are continuing with lesson 3 which is leading us into 2 digit x 2 digit.

    RELIGION - don't forget Tuesday is our all school mass which 4th grade is leading.  Please feel free to join us.

    SOCIAL STUDIES - not sure how much of this we will get to this week with the testing.  We will try our best to continue our study of NY state weather and geography.     



    October 1 - 5

      Hope everyone enjoyed this beautiful weekend!  We have a lot going on this week so I'm going to jump right into it:

    The 4th and 5th grade field trip to the Capitol is this Wednesday.  Please refer back to the permission slip for specifics about what students should wear and packing lunch.

    Friendly reminder...no school this Friday due to a professional development day.   There is also no school on Monday the 8th because it is Columbus Day.

    Tuesday, the 9th is our next all school mass.  We will be celebrating Our Lady of the Rosary.  4th grade will be planning this mass.  Please plan on attending if you are available.

    Scholastic book orders, passed out on Meet the Teacher Night, are due in on October 10th.

    Please encourage your child to not bring in toys.  They are becoming a distraction during class time as students are not remembering to keep them in their backpacks until recess.

    SPELLING - We are not having a list this week.

    READING - We are continuing our reading of 'Scene Two' which is a play

    RELIGION - Besides studying the rosary, we will be celebrating the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  Students are encouraged to bring in pictures of their pets, both living and deceased, to be a part of a pet blessing we will be doing.

    MATH - We are beginning our study of multiplication.  We will first be studying associative, commutative and distributive properties.

    SOCIAL STUDIES - We are discussing the environment of New York.

         That's our week.   Friendly reminder, homework room Monday and Tuesday.